Updated: July 2018

It/electronic Patient Records
Statement of Intent for Ridge Green Medical Centre

New contractual requirements came into force from 1st April 2015 requiring that GP practices should make available a statement of intent in relation to the following IT developments:-

1. Referral Management
2. Electronic Appointment Booking
3. On line Booking of repeat prescriptions
4. Summary Care Record
5. GP2GP transfers
6. Patient Access to records.

The practice complies with all these standards. Details are below:

• Electronic appointment booking and prescription request
Patients have the facility to register for online services in order to view, book or cancel appointments with a GP at this or the branch surgery. Patients will also be able to view and request repeat prescriptions. Acute or one of prescriptions are not available through this route. Simply register for online access - a photo id will be required along with a signed application form in person at the practice. A Username and Password will be issued (this may take up to 24 hours to become active). 

• Patient access to their GP record
You can request enhanced view of your medical record - this will include coded entries and all medical problems listed in your medical record. It will not however include free text entries made by clinicians and staff in your notes. A consent form signed by you will be required to acitivate this feature in your online access account. In addition a full copy of medical notes including free text in printed or electronic format can be made available to patients seperately on written request.

In the case of children aged 12 and under, a birth certificate or proof of parental responsibility will be required in order that parental proxy access can be granted. A Username and Password will be issued (this may take up to 24 hours to become active).   On-line access is not permitted for children aged between 13 to 15 in order to avoid parental access to their records and to maintain confidentiality.

• Interoperable records/Summary Care Record.

Having your Summary Care Record available will help anyone treating you without your full medical record. They will have access to information about any medication you may be taking and any drugs that you have a recorded allergy or sensitivity to. Ridge Green Medical Centre is already live with SCR. However, if you do not want your medical records to be available through the NHS spine then you will need to let us know so that we can update your record. You can do this via the ‘opt out form’ available at reception.

• Referral management
Our standard letter includes the NHS Number on all correspondence as described by this standard.